Information for Landlords


Renting out a property can be a great investment but you need to be aware of the current law and your responsibilities. We’ve brought together information from various sources to help you along the journey to renting out your property in a legal, safe and straight forward way.

Before you consider renting out a property learn as much about property management as you can:

  1. Consider joining an Accreditation Scheme
  2. Keep yourself informed of changes in the sector by subscribing to the Landlords’ Newsletter and attending Landlords Forums
  3. Ensure your property is safe and meets current housing standards, including regulations  covering fire safety and protection, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, gas and electrical safety standards, legionella and furnishings (if provided)
  4. Ensure you can comply with regulations regarding repairs
  5. Obtain an Energy Performance Certificate and ensure your property meets the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.  Check if there are grants available to assist you to bring your property to the correct standard – see Energy Efficiency Advice in Useful Links for more details.
  6. If the property will be shared by a number of unrelated people or households, check you will comply with Management Regulations for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
  7. If the property is classed as a HMO, check whether you will require a licence
  8. Speak to your mortgage lender – you may not be allowed to rent out your property without their permission
  9. Check your house insurance policy
  10. Check your tax obligation
  11. Obtain references for your prospective tenants
  12. Draw up a proper tenancy agreement
  13. Ensure you issue your tenants with the correct documents at the start of the tenancy
  14. Check the Right to Rent status of all adults who will be living in the property
  15. Draw up an inventory of all the contents of the property
  16. Protect the deposit properly

Further information can be found in the Private Sector Housing Policy Framework in Related documents below and on other pages within this section as listed on the right of this page.

Useful Links:



Landlords Guide to

Housing Standards



Managing & Ending

a Tenancy

Houses in Multiple

Occupation (HMOs)

Licensing of Houses in

Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

How to Apply for

a HMO Licence